ProModeler Ju-88A

Please see the previous post for information on the Aires aftermarket cockpit add-on.  We begin construction from there.

After getting the cockpit completed I went to finish the rest of the kit.  I mostly followed the instructions with the exception of adding the glass and delicate things like antennas until after painting.

The kit requires you put together the engine nacelles with the landing gear inside.  No way to add the internal parts of the gear until after painting but I was able to leave off the end of the gear so it was easy to mask.

The other item left off was the front of the engine nacelles.  I did this so you can leave off the exhausts until after painting.  The big holes in the front of the nacelles also make good finger holes for holding the model while finishing!

The kit required some filling and sanding.  Especially at the wing tips which are separate parts.

The ailerons were also molded separate but I warn you don’t try to  model them up or down as the aileron hinges in the bottom of the wing won’t fit.

I wanted to do the desert markings with these neat squiggles in two different colors.

I have been successful before using blue tack as a masking device.  The idea is to paint the squiggle color, roll the blue tack into thin ropes, apply to the model, and spray over it.  Here is an example of a Bf-110 I did using this method.  It worked pretty sweet and  saved me from free-handing it.

In the case of the Ju-88, I don’t know what the issue was but I  suspect the blue tack sticks really good to Vallejo paint and I had a lot of trouble cleaning off the blue tack, to the point I  was destroying some of the painting.  If you look at the second photo  here you can see the embedded blue tack.

So I bit the bullet and started over.  I decided to pre-highlight the color starting with dark gray primer and then using an airbrush I gave areas a thinned coat of Vallego white primer.  I figured this was a desert craft and the resulting colors would need to be lightened somewhat.

This Ju-88 has quite the squiggle (Wellenmuster) camo on the bottom of the aircraft.  To complete this I purchased a set of fillable pens that I could put some of my Vallejo RLM70 into and basically draw the camo on the bottom.  Not perfect but pretty okay and it is on the bottom!  I think next time I  would try the .7mm pens instead of the 2mm tip.

Freehanding the camo on the upper was a bit of a challenge as I was having airbrush issues.  However, they were soon resolved and I am happy with the result.

After decaling and a coat of future we grubbed her up and added all of the other parts.  Shes a big girl on the shelf.

Since I have about another 4 of these 1/48 Ju-88s I learned a lot about putting them together.  Overall a decent kit with lots of details.  Add the Aires details and you have a winner.

 

 

 

Messing around with Messerschmidtts

In my last post I was working on putting squiggles on a 1/72 Bf-110.  Even though the true camo calls for some very tight olive squiggles on sand I  decided to play around with Blu-tack and create some myself.  It was very hard to roll this stuff out fine enough to duplicate the real camo so I decided to go for more of a relaxed look.  I think the very tight squiggles in 1/72 would probably need to be done with an olive colored wide pen.  Need to experiment more at some point but for now I am just trying to move the kit the along.

Here it is with a couple of coats of Future.  I’m waiting for the Future to cure then decals.

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In the meantime I’ve started my next big build of Messerschmidts.  I mean big it is.  I’m normally not a 1/32 scale guy but I’ve had these kits hanging around for awhile and I’m ready to build them;

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Starting with the engines of each, the Matchbox 109E kit has about 25 parts associated with the engine.  The parts come in all assorted colors of of multiple trees but once it is paited you’ll never see it.

The other two have exactly the same parts for the engine although different colors, probably 30 years apart, and strangely on different sprues.  Also note the relative size of the Matchbox 109E engine compared to the Revell 109F/G engines.

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Sadly while looking through the old Revell 190G kit I noticed that it does not contain a propeller or spinner.  Looks like I got the old eBay stiff a ways back and just now am catching on.  But adversity presents challenges.  I think I am going to have to figure out how to resin cast the prop and vacu-form the spinner.  Time will tell the the “G” is propless.

 

Messerschmitt squiggles

I’ve been working on the third Eduard Bf-110 I’ve built this summer and I am working on the desert scheme.  The decals for this kit from Owl show a very fine sets of squiggles; olive over sand.  Other than getting an olive colored pen and drawing them on I’m not sure I get them as fine as the pictures in 1/72 but I am trying something new.

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My newly discovered fondness for the blue poster tack has led me into rolling this into fine strings and using this to mask the squiggles.  After painting the kit Olive I am rolling this and adding it to the kit.  Once I get it all done I will clean it up a bit with some tweezers and spray sand.

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The main issue I have is that it is about 85 in the garage tonight and it make the blue stuff really tacky so it sticks to everything but the model.  But it’s starting to look good.

Bf-109 ready for the shelf

Number two is done for the year.  I created a simple display base for it, since I didn’t know what to do with the cowling.  Here are some shots;

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The grasses on the side were an experiment to see what they looked like and add some change to the boring single color.  I used model railroad ballast for the desert floor.  After I ran the leftover piece of MDF through the router to give the edge a curve I anchored the grass, put glue around that area and added fake grass, then once that had set more glue and just poured on the ballast.  Pretty simple but adds so much to a finished model (I’ve noted that many of the kits at the local contest that win seem to have display bases attached)

Continued tonight to work on the ProModeler F-84 cockpit.  The kit comes with some nice photo etch for seat straps but gosh they are fiddly and these four straps have used up over one hour of modeling time.

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Bf-109e Trop is painted (mostly)

Concurrently with the P-61 I have been building a Hasegawa Bf-109e Trop to try out an unusual camouflage.  This is going to be the start of my desert themed 1/48 scale kits.

Paint is on, I have a little bit of touchup to do then this too will be ready for decals.  I think I am going to try decals without Future on this.

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For the Dark Green (RLM 71) I found a bottle of ancient Floquil model pints and it was thin enough to airbrush without thinner.  Ah, the days!

This is turning out to be a nice kit and the first aircraft I have built in ages that wasn’t a Monogram 1/48 scale kit that I rescribed the panel lines.  There might be help for me yet!